Moving forward: BV council adopts 2017 budget, sets mayor's salary
The Berryville City Council voted to approve the city's 2017 operating budget at its meeting on Tuesday.
Council members were given copies of the proposed budget at the Dec. 6 meeting. Mayor Tim McKinney said the budget totals about $12 million.
He credited city treasurer Sally Phillips and administrative assistant Jay Lee with helping craft the budget.
"I think it's pretty routine," McKinney said. "I appreciate all of Jay and Sally's work on it."
Also at the meeting, the council voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2015 Audit of Financial Statements. McKinney said he did not believe there were any significant findings in the audit.
The council also voted to approve Ordinance 1001, setting the salary for the mayor of Berryville at $27,000 per year effective Jan. 1, 2017.
Berryville Police Chief Robert Bartos presented the police department's monthly report for November. Last month, he said, 66 citations were issued, 68 offenses were reported, seven warrants were served, 19 fingerprints were done, four VIN verifications were done and 19 accidents were reported. The department had a clearance rate of 82 percent, he said.
McKinney also informed the council that the Public Square fence project would have to be redone. The city has been working to put up a wrought-iron fence to provide a border between the highway and the recreation areas on the square, he said, but the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has said that the fence is not far enough back.
"The fence will have to be moved back about six to 12 inches," McKinney said. "The good news is that the engineers said they will pay for the move because they should have checked with the highway department on the official easement."
He said he is talking with the highway department about what kind of vegetation can be planted on the strip of land that will be left between the fence and the highway.
"I think they'll be willing to work with us on some sort of vegetation that enhances the looks and keeps people from walking on that area," McKinney said.
The council's next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at City Hall.